Human Resources

Director of Regional Advancement

Position Summary

The Director of Regional Advancement will join the Advancement division as the College is concluding the “Our Time is Now” capital campaign. The most significant campaign in the College’s history, this transformative philanthropic effort reached its ambitious goal of $120 million well in advance of the June 30, 2021 conclusion. The College anticipates additional future campaigns in which the Director of Regional Advancement will work collaboratively with staff, faculty, and volunteers to achieve a high level of engagement and financial support from alumni, friends, parents, and organizations whose philanthropic priorities match programs at the College. The Director of Regional Advancement is responsible for cultivating and soliciting prospects and being an active member of a highly efficient advancement operation.


Essential Functions

  • Prepare an annual operating plan that establishes ambitious individual and team goals; manage a portfolio of qualified major and planned gift prospects of approximately 100 to 125; and, conduct an average of 125 personal visits annually.
  • Work collaboratively with Advancement colleagues, administrators, faculty, and volunteers to identify priorities and detail the strategies and targeted asks for donors and prospects. The focus will be on operations, facilities, capital projects, endowment, and planned gifts.
  • Participate in events assigned in geographical area(s) as well as other campus activities that may occur.
  • Work with the Associate Director of Prospect Research to identify major donors and ensure that prospects and donors have well-documented and comprehensive records.
  • Respond to referrals of a major gift in a timely manner.
  • Identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward major and planned gift prospects and donors in accordance with institutional standards.
  • Maintain continued professional expertise through conferences and seminars/webinars.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Five years or more experience in higher education: Proven success and experience in capital campaigns and success fundraising from multiple donor channels
  • Master’s degree
  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification


Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application that addresses the skills required for the position, a resume, the names and contact information for three professional references, and an Alma College application to: Dan McKean, Associate Vice President for Development, Alma College, at For an Alma College application please go to: employment-application.

Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate liberal arts college committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s undergraduates thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

Please note that incomplete applications that are received will not be considered.

Story published on April 14, 2021